Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, President
Thomas M. McGovern, Ed.D., was appointed the eighth president of Fisher College in October 2007, following more than three decades of educating Fisher students and spearheading the College’s expansion into a baccalaureate institution through his oversight of the management program. During his tenure at Fisher College he has distinguished himself as an innovator and visionary leader, fueling Fisher’s evolution into one of the fastest growing institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. McGovern’s tenure as president is marked by a variety of successful leadership and professional achievements, including an increase in enrollment and retention, facility expansion, and the growth of degree offerings. With his strong background in strategic planning, President McGovern is responsible for directing a college-wide strategic management team that boasted the largest enrollment in the school’s history, as well as the addition of 10 baccalaureate degrees, a Master in Business Administration, and continues to move Fisher College toward additional graduate and undergraduate degrees.
Furthermore, Dr. McGovern has demonstrated his commitment to, and concern for, the larger community beyond Fisher College while president. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army and lifetime member of Amvets, Dr. McGovern is a member of the Fisher College Athletics Hall of Fame and an advocate of the College’s athletics program, as well as a strong supporter of Fisher alumni, encouraging engagement in the life of their alma mater. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM).
Prior to his entry into the field of higher education, Dr. McGovern had established himself as a leader in the field of transportation management. As the former Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau, Dr. McGovern has extensive experience in research-based highway safety programs and administration. Capitalizing on his highway safety experience, he launched the Fisher College Transportation Safety Initiative. This initiative supports all standards and problem areas as identified by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, educating students and the community on the dangers of distracted driving and safe driving habits. Also rooted in his strong belief in and commitment to public safety, Dr. McGovern created the Center for Leadership and Public Service in 2007, a division of Fisher College that encourages and inspires students to pursue careers in public safety and criminal justice through real-life research projects and work experience. He currently serves as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Boston Police Foundation.
With respect to his educational background, professional training, and academic expertise, Dr. McGovern holds a bachelor of science from Northeastern University’s School of Management, a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.